The Most Beautiful Words
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isa. 53:4-6)
Certainly these are some of the most beautiful words ever written. The Spirit of God inspired Isaiah and revealed the depth of God’s love for man, a love so profound that it was willing to give His Son (and the Son was willing to give Himself) in order to restore us to our original place in Him.
Jesus understood our grief, sickness, pain and trauma. He understood the devastating power of sin that has created darkness and suffering for humanity. Not only did He understand, He came to walk among us and demonstrate His love and compassion for the hurting. But He didn’t come only to see and touch man’s need, He came to take upon Himself the curse of our separation from God and all its manifestations. He took the iniquity of every person on earth, every person who would ever be conceived. He took our physical pain and sicknesses. He took our depression, sadness and fears. He took the full weight of every curse of sin. In fact, He became a curse and He became sin as He hung on the cross.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Mt. 11:28)
The invitation is for all. Rest and peace are for all. Healing is for all. Deliverance from every trauma and grief is for all. Jesus did this for you.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)
Take time to let your spirit feed on these verses. Hear Him speaking. See Him healing you. Let Him restore you and give you life, peace and joy. That is the gospel.